okanagan heat

December 3, 2012, WINNIPEG, MB (ISN)  – The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball needed overtime to get back into the win column as they won the first game of their final road trip before the semester break, 75-71 over the Manitoba Bisons, in a rare Saturday matinee.

Heading into today’s contest the Heat were first in the nation in free throws made in a game at 19.2 per contest, and are also tops in the country at converting their opportunities from the line, shooting a sizzling 79.8%. The proficiency of UBC Okanagan from the line pushed the Heat past the Bisons in overtime as the visitors drained five free throws in the extra frame for the victory. Five of the Heat’s nine points in overtime were from the stripe with Sarah Allison (G, 2nd year, South Surrey, BC) and Krystal Schouten (P, 3rd year, Winnipeg, MB) each draining two in the extra time.

An exciting fourth quarter with an extremely tight final five minutes, highlighted with some clutch shooting from UBC Okanagan’s Emily Kanester (G, 2nd year, Vernon, BC) and Manitoba’s Robyn Eyer. Both of them hit two massive threes to either put their team up or tie the game, eventually resulting in the game going into overtime.

“Really slow start,” comments the head coach for the Heat, Heather Semeniuk. “Struggled to score [in the first half] and they did not. Toughed it out and never quit. We’ve certainly played better but happy to get the W on the road.”

The Bisons led for most of the first half; they even went up by 16 just three minutes left in the first half, wn the Heat cut the lead to four in this three minutes powered by a 13-1 run. The Bisons shot 50% from the field in the first half to power their early lead. UBC Okanagan had trouble scoring in the half, unable to get their shots to fall and were only able to work their way to the free throw line seven times in the first half.

Madison Kaneda (G, 5th year, Vernon, BC) logged 34 minutes in the Heat’s overtime victory, she also scored seven of her game high 15 points in the third frame powering the UBC Okanagan comeback liked the way her teammates chipped away at the lead.

“We took it possession by possession,” remarked Kaneda, “focusing on getting stops and keeping the pressure on in the full court. Offensively, we got the ball inside and drove the ball hard to the hoop.”

The Heat utilized a very balanced attack with six players to score between 10 and 15 points. Kaneda notched her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Roslyn Huber (P, Kelowna, BC), another fifth year for the Heat, also notched 15 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Emily Kanester, for the second straight game tallied a double-double versus the Bisons. She put up 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Schouten, Allison and Angela White also achieved double digits in points.

The Bisons received 21 points from Sheree Carmona-Galdamez and 15 each from Stephanie Gill and Robyn Eyer; Eyer was 4-11 from beyond the arc. No player for Manitoba was able to grab double digit rebounds, as UBC Okanagan won the team rebounding battle 57-34, the Heat pulled down an amazing 23 offensive boards.

The six players that averaged double digits all logged a lot of minutes in the game versus Manitoba, between 36-28 minutes.